Bass: Calling Castro 'Comandante en Jefe' Is Not 'Toxic' in California

Bass: Calling Castro 'Comandante en Jefe' Is Not 'Toxic' in California


Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) said her characterization of the late Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, as “Comandante en Jefe” meaning supreme commander was not “toxic” in her home state of California.

Host Chuck Todd said, “Let me turn to this issue of Cuba. A lot of people have turned to this issue as they’ve dug in. You spent time there in the ’70s as a young activist working with a group called Seremos brigade building houses in Cuba. You have rejected the idea that you have celebrated the Castro regime. Do you look back on that and think that you were a bit naive.”

Bass said, “As any 19-year-old would be, sure. In my early 20s I went to Cuba to help the Cuban people to build houses, but over the last 20 years, Chuck, I have been working— One, I have

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